Egyptian Photojournalist Facing Death Penalty Wins ‘Press Freedom Prize’

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, also known as Shawkan, has been awarded the 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize. Shawkan has been in jail since August 2013 after being arrested for covering the August 2013 Rabaa massacre. He’s also facing the death penalty after the prosecutor reportedly called for it last year.

Shawkan was selected by an independent international jury of media professionals for the prize, which “recognizes a person, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution
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Style Me Pretty Saved From Shutdown After Founders Buy It Back

The popular blog Style Me Pretty announced earlier this month that it would be shutting down after inspiring wedding photographers for over a decade. That closure has now been averted after the site’s original founders worked out a deal to buy it back from Oath, the company Verizon folded Yahoo and AOL into. Style Me Pretty was founded in 2007 by Abby Larson and served as a popular hub for wedding inspiration, including user-submitted wedding photos. It grew to reach a peak of 18 million pageviews per month and over 1 million followers on Instagram. It was acquired by AOL,
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Dry Glass Plate Photography is Back

In the era of the “selfie”, of the relentless click-and-publish images on social media, of the mega sensors replete with megapixels, we are witnessing an unpredictable resurgence of many ancient photographic devices and techniques. Wet collodion (tintypes) and many other alternative photo processes are being keenly rediscovered today and there is an ever-growing plethora of workshop available to those who want to learn and practice them. A primitive photographer myself, a practitioner of what I like to define “slow photography” for most of my professional life, I observe this phenomenon with great interest, wondering about what its deepest
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Dry Glass Plate Photography is Back

In the era of the “selfie”, of the relentless click-and-publish images on social media, of the mega sensors replete with megapixels, we are witnessing an unpredictable resurgence of many ancient photographic devices and techniques. Wet collodion (tintypes) and many other alternative photo processes are being keenly rediscovered today and there is an ever-growing plethora of workshop available to those who want to learn and practice them. A primitive photographer myself, a practitioner of what I like to define “slow photography” for most of my professional life, I observe this phenomenon with great interest, wondering about what its deepest
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Dry Glass Plate Photography is Back

In the era of the “selfie”, of the relentless click-and-publish images on social media, of the mega sensors replete with megapixels, we are witnessing an unpredictable resurgence of many ancient photographic devices and techniques. Wet collodion (tintypes) and many other alternative photo processes are being keenly rediscovered today and there is an ever-growing plethora of workshop available to those who want to learn and practice them. A primitive photographer myself, a practitioner of what I like to define “slow photography” for most of my professional life, I observe this phenomenon with great interest, wondering about what its deepest
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A Closer Look at the Stuffed Anteater Photo Contest Scandal

Brazilian photographer Marcio Cabral was disgraced last week after he was stripped of his 1st prize by the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Judges accuse Cabral of staging his photo using a stuffed anteater. More specifically, Cabral allegedly used a taxidermy anteater found at the entrance of the same national park his photo was shot in:
Photo courtesy Natural History Museum.
The striking similarity between Cabral’s anteater and the taxidermy was noticed by an anonymous whistleblower who then contacted the Natural History Museum, which runs the photo contest. The museum then enlisted the help of 5 wildlife experts
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A Closer Look at the Stuffed Anteater Photo Contest Scandal

Brazilian photographer Marcio Cabral was disgraced last week after he was stripped of his 1st prize by the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Judges accuse Cabral of staging his photo using a stuffed anteater. More specifically, Cabral allegedly used a taxidermy anteater found at the entrance of the same national park his photo was shot in:
Photo courtesy Natural History Museum.
The striking similarity between Cabral’s anteater and the taxidermy was noticed by an anonymous whistleblower who then contacted the Natural History Museum, which runs the photo contest. The museum then enlisted the help of 5 wildlife experts
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A Closer Look at the Stuffed Anteater Photo Contest Scandal

Brazilian photographer Marcio Cabral was disgraced last week after he was stripped of his 1st prize by the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Judges accuse Cabral of staging his photo using a stuffed anteater. More specifically, Cabral allegedly used a taxidermy anteater found at the entrance of the same national park his photo was shot in:
Photo courtesy Natural History Museum.
The striking similarity between Cabral’s anteater and the taxidermy was noticed by an anonymous whistleblower who then contacted the Natural History Museum, which runs the photo contest. The museum then enlisted the help of 5 wildlife experts
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Nikon Confirms New Mirrorless System to Arrive by Spring 2019

Here it is, straight from the horse’s mouth: Nikon has a new mirrorless camera system brewing, and the company is aiming to have it land in photographers’ hands by the spring of 2019.

NikonEye caught the confirmation in an interview conducted by the Japanese TV network NHK with a Nikon manager.

“[D]evelopment is underway, and we expect to bring one to market by spring next year,” the manager states.

NikonEye predicts that an entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera will be the first camera in the system to be announced and that the camera will have a 30+ megapixel phase-detection sensor and

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AFP Chief Photographer Killed in Kabul Suicide Blast Targeting Journalists

AFP Kabul Chief Photographer Shah Marai was killed today in a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan. The blast was clearly targeting journalists — at least eight others were among the 25 people killed in the attack.

Marai and the other journalists had been rushing to the scene to cover an initial suicide bombing in the Afghan capital when the second suicide bomber struck 15 minutes after the first blast.

“The bomber disguised himself as a journalist and detonated himself among the crowd,” a local policeman stated, according to the AFP.

The Islamic State group (IS) has since claimed responsibility for

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AFP Chief Photographer Killed in Kabul Suicide Blast Targeting Journalists

AFP Kabul Chief Photographer Shah Marai was killed today in a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan. The blast was clearly targeting journalists — at least eight others were among the 25 people killed in the attack.

Marai and the other journalists had been rushing to the scene to cover an initial suicide bombing in the Afghan capital when the second suicide bomber struck 15 minutes after the first blast.

“The bomber disguised himself as a journalist and detonated himself among the crowd,” a local policeman stated, according to the AFP.

The Islamic State group (IS) has since claimed responsibility for

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DxO Confirms Bankruptcy, Says Nik Collection Update Still on Track

DxO Labs today announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection, confirming reports of the move that emerged last week. The French company says that the purpose of the bankruptcy filing is to “restructure the business” and that it “will not affect our customers in any way.” Everything should also be completed and resolved within “a few more weeks.” In the meantime, DxO Labs is still hard at work on its photography software. Having acquired the Nik Collection from Google in October 2017, DxO Labs now says its first new version for the collection will
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DxO Confirms Bankruptcy, Says Nik Collection Update Still on Track

DxO Labs today announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection, confirming reports of the move that emerged last week. The French company says that the purpose of the bankruptcy filing is to “restructure the business” and that it “will not affect our customers in any way.” Everything should also be completed and resolved within “a few more weeks.” In the meantime, DxO Labs is still hard at work on its photography software. Having acquired the Nik Collection from Google in October 2017, DxO Labs now says its first new version for the collection will
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Winning Wildlife Photo Disqualified Because Anteater Was Stuffed

A winner of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year photo contest has been stripped of his award after it was discovered that the anteater seen in the photo is a stuffed animal that was Photoshopped in. Brazilian photographer Marcio Cabral had won the “Animals in Their Environment” category for the 2017 contest with his photo titled “The Night Raider” (shown above). The photo appeared to show an anteater at a termite mound, and this is what the caption stated:
For three seasons, Marcio had camped out in Brazil’s Cerrado region, on the vast treeless savanna of Emas national park,
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The Rolleiflex is Back: Say Hello to the Instant Kamera

The legendary Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex camera is back… in a very different style. Rollei today announced the new Rolleiflex Instant Kamera, a TLR instant camera that shoots Fuji Instax Mini film. “It’s been a long time since we’ve manufactured twin lens reflex cameras, but we’re proud to introduce you to the newest addition to the Rolleiflex Camera family,” Rollei writes. The very first Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex camera was launched back in 1927, and the company continued to develop and refine the camera design over the following years and decades. The final Rolleiflex was released in the 1960s, “leaving only
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Casio to Shutter Its Compact Camera Business: Report

Casio point-and-shoot cameras have long been popular among consumers looking for an affordable way to capture memories, but it seems that the rise of smartphones has taken a toll on the brand. The company is now reportedly shutting down the business. Nikkei reports that Casio is citing the decline of compact digital camera shipments as the reason the business has been unprofitable in recent times, and the company isn’t expecting the market to grow again moving forward. Casio’s digital camera business lost over $4.5 million (500 million yen) in the fiscal year that ended March 2017, Nikkei reports. The
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